Mom is incredulous
Is it just me, or has the quality of the “Quick Tips” in Cook’s Illustrated gone downhill lately? I got my November/December issue yesterday and couldn’t believe that someone received a year’s subscription for recommending that you can easily clean your Microplane grater with a toothbrush – I keep a toothbrush by the kitchen sink for lots of clean-up jobs and have for years. Then there’s the woman who fixes her broken layer cakes with frosting. Maybe if she would line the pans with parchment paper she wouldn’t have so many broken cakes to begin with. Jeremy Turner of Brooklyn, NY writes in with a complicated method for removing the skins from almonds because he claimed that he couldn’t find blanched almonds at the grocery store. In Brooklyn? Really? Do you want to pour boiling water over almonds and then slip the skins off, nut by nut? That’s not even a quick tip!
Last month we had a lady who devised an “inexpensive way to neatly contain appliance cords”, by bundling them up inside empty cardboard toilet paper rolls – okay if you don’t mind toilet paper rolls all over your kitchen counters. Inexpensive but gross, I say. And we have the off-label uses for plastic wrap. This month someone is covering the base of her standing mixer with it to prevent food from getting into the cracks, and last month another obsessive-compulsive woman was wrapping a strainer with it to prevent any sifted flour from slopping onto the counter. We should hook those two up with Roman Lasek from Berkeley, California, who in my opinion sent in the most ridiculous “trick” I’ve read recently. He advises holding the tray from your toaster oven under the edge of the kitchen counter and sweeping spilled food onto it for “easy disposal”. That’s it. That’s the “trick”.